Nadine Mulkerrin and Rory Douglas-Speed have announced that they have welcomed their second child together and detailed the difficult birth.
The Hollyoaks actress, 28, and her co-star, 30, both look to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that they had welcomed their son Dougie James two days earlier.
They both shared an array of adorable black-and-white snaps to their respective Instagram pages showing their eldest son Reggie, three, cuddling his brother.
Congratulations! Nadine Mulkerrin and Rory Douglas-Speed have announced that they have welcomed their second child together
One sweet picture showed Reggie kissing his newborn sibling on the forehead, while another snap saw him sitting with his arms wrapped around Dougie.
Rory, who plays Joel Dexter on Hollyoaks, also shared a snap of himself grinning in a hospital gown as he cradled Dougie in a towel in the delivery room.
Announcing their happy news, Nadine – who plays Cleo McQueen on Hollyoaks – gushed that Dougie had ‘completed’ their family in a heartwarming caption.
She penned: ‘Reggie would like to introduce you all to his new little brother Dougie James Speed, 8.1lbs, 24/05/2022. He’s our chilled, fuzzy little old man that’s completed our family!
Happy news: The Hollyoaks actress, 28, and her co-star, 30, both took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that they had welcomed their son Dougie James two days earlier
Brothers: They both shared an array of adorable black-and-white snaps to their respective Instagram pages showing their eldest son Reggie, three, cuddling his brother
‘That’ll be me now, a life of dinosaurs, cars and willies flying around the gaff! Wish me luck and pass this mamma the [champagne emoji].’
While Rory added in his own Instagram post: ‘Dougie James Speed, Reggies new partner in crime!
‘Thank you again to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for all that they do, they are amazing. Slowly But surely Building the football team.’
Nadine later took to her Instagram Stories to also thank the staff at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where she gave birth to Dougie on Tuesday.
Adorable: One sweet picture showed Reggie kissing his newborn brother on the forehead, while another snap saw his sitting with his arms around Dougie
Over the moon: Announcing their happy news, Nadine gushed that Dougie had ‘completed’ their family in a heartwarming caption
Baby news: Rory added in his own Instagram post that he was ‘building the football team’
The mother revealed she wasn’t able to have a natural birth – after having Reggie via caesarean section in 2019 – as she was in a life-threatening emergency situation.
She admitted that it was a very ‘scary situation’ but praised the midwives for putting her at ease as she described them as ‘walking angels’.
Nadine penned: ‘Just wanted to say a huge huge thank you to the @liverpoolwomens hospital.
‘I didn’t get the Vbac [vaginal birth after cesarean] I wanted as it turned into a Cat 1 emergency situation, sensing my disappointment they still allowed me to keep an element of control having immediate skin to skin, music etc all my wishes.
Well wishes: Their celebrity pals were quick to flood the comments of Nadine’s post with congratulatory messages
‘They kept a calm environment and I actually was able to watch him emerge from my womb abdominally entering the world!
‘It was a truly positive incredible experience from a scary situation and I’ve said it one I’ll say it again… the midwives and the team at the @liverpoolwomens are all walking angels.’
She added: ‘But anyways back to positive vibes!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for safely delivering my baby boy.’
After she announced her baby news, Nadine’s celebrity pals were quick to flood her Instagram page with congratulatory messages.
Her Hollyoaks’ co-star Sophie Austin wrote: ‘Oh congratulations Nadine.’
Difficulties: Nadine later took to her Instagram Stories to thank the staff at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, as she admitted she was in a life-threatening emergency before giving birth
While Doctor Who star Mandip Gill said: ‘These pictures are sooooo cute !!!! Can not wait to meet him. Congratulations again you gorgeous gorgeous humans ! I wish you all the happiness in the world. Love you xxxxxxxx.’
Actor Andrew Hayden-Smith added: ‘Ahhh, here he is! Congratulations.’
And Emmerdale’s Amy Walsh commented: ‘Oh my god!!! congratulations beautiful!!!!!’
Kimberly Hart-Simpson penned: ‘Awww my heart, congrats to you all xx’
Nadine announced that she and Rory were expecting their second child in an adorable Christmas Day Instagram post.
In the post, the couple gave their son Reggie an ultrasound of his sibling and shared the adorable snap on social media.
Happy news: Nadine announced that she and Rory were expecting their second child in an adorable Christmas Day Instagram post
Adorable: Mesmerised by the imagine as their son Reggie, sat in front of a stunning Christmas tree, the actress quipped in her caption: ‘This better not be my only gift mum’
Mesmerised by the imagine as he sat in front of a stunning Christmas tree, the actress quipped in her caption: ‘This better not be my only gift mum.’
Nadine revealed her previous pregnancy ahead of the British Soap Awards in 2019.
Cradling her baby bump in a photo with Rory, Nadine captioned the image: ‘That’s us three ready for the @thebritishsoapawards’.
The soap star then announced that baby Reggie had been born with a snap of her family in the delivery room in October 2019.
She wrote in the caption: ‘Reggie Speed You’re the coolest little dude we never knew we were missing in our lives! We love you so Much.
Family: The soap star announced that their first child Reggie had been born with a snap of her family in the delivery room in October 2019
‘Also Thank you to every incredible NHS worker we’ve come across at the womens. (Helen,Jordine,Amy,Amy) Your all walking angels. Thank you so much for making one of biggest moments of our lives so extra special with care.’ (sic)
In the snap, a besotted Nadine was seen laying in a hospital bed as she cradles her baby boy for the first time, with a proud Rory looking on.
Sharing the same snap a minute later, Rory wrote: ‘Welcome to the family wee Reggie Speed 15.8.19.
‘We love You man. So proud of Nadine, I didn’t think I could love her anymore but my heart is bloody bursting! She was amazing throughout her labour, Women are seriously Superhuman x.’
The pair have been an item since 2017 and got engaged in 2018 during a Christmas trip to Amsterdam, after moving into their Cheshire home earlier that year.
Romance: The pair have been an item since 2017 and got engaged in 2018 during a Christmas trip to Amsterdam, after moving into their Cheshire home earlier that year